Watch: Railways' 'Smooth' Train Ride That Passed 'Water-glass Test' Has Desi Twitter Divided
Video grab of water-glass test conducted by Indian Railways. (Credit: Twitter/ @RailMinIndia)
Is a super-fast train also smooth-running and free of erratic jerks possible? Indian Railways say yes!
Recently, the Indian Railways department spent six months and Rs 40 crores on an extensive track maintenance project. The 130 km stretch to benefit from this work is now so smooth and trouble-free that a glass full of water placed on the surface doesn’t even spill once during the journey.
The glass water test was posted on Twitter by the Railways official page. In the post, a glass is filled to the brim with water and placed on a surface (probably in the inspection coach at the end of the train). One can see the train speeding on the tracks, with a clear view outside. But it’s not the view of the fields one is supposed to notice, but the glass that remains full and steady on the table. No spillage occurs even once. It is reported that the train was travelling from Bengaluru to Mysore at a speed of over 100 km/h speed on the freshly renovated tracks.
According to NDTV, the work done on the tracks include insertions, tamping of tracks and strengthening of embankments. The video has been viewed over 71,000 times with hundreds of responses. Most comments are people fascinated with the unbelievable video.
The video is a testimony to our intensive track maintenance carried out by Indian Railways :The journey has become so smooth that not even a single drop of water spilled out of the glass while the train was traveling at high speed between Bengaluru & Mysuru in Karanataka. pic.twitter.com/lK9lK4kt99— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) October 31, 2020
The video was also retweeted by Railway Minister Piyush Goyal.
The results of intensive track ️ maintenance carried out between Bengaluru & Mysuru in Karanataka are there for everyone to see.The journey has become so smooth that not even a single drop of water spilled out of the glass while the train was traveling at high speed. pic.twitter.com/r7aFp55gSA— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) October 30, 2020
However, many people pointed out the test cannot be taken as a fact due to something very visible in the video. The camera is still shaking extensively as a result of a shaky journey. The water on the table remains still due to certain laws of Physics.
"That’s because of surface tension not smooth tracks," a user pointed out. To this, another responded, "This looks like some observation coach or something for you royal VIPs n higher govt.officials… plz do same experiment with all this glass n all in non AC second class and send videos for true test of smooth journey.."
A user pointed out how this is more similar to "jugaad" than actual proof. "For god sake also share sensor data (vibration, etc.) in graphical form along with this "water" test. It makes things look professional."
Great Work. I’m from these two cities. Can you please quantify the “High” speed?? Thnx— Kishore M N (@kishoremn03) October 31, 2020
Well done!!!Maintain on other routes too.Thank you so much@RailMinIndia— M.L.Vishwa (@Munnalalvishwa1) October 31, 2020
For god sake also share sensor data (vibration, etc.) in graphical form along with this "water" test. It makes things look professional.— Varun Desai (@vsdesai92) October 31, 2020
The water glass is on the deck of Vistadome coach. Let them try it on swaying passengers on General 2nd Class Coach.— Narayan Balaji (@chaluchacha) October 31, 2020
But visibly shaking so much....I don't think a person can stand without support...— FearNot (@Sammy_I) October 31, 2020
Sir, is this test done with 'Talgo Train'? If yes then please confirm at what speed the train was running when this water glass teat was done. Anyway congratulations for passing this but test. Hope to see High Speed Train running between Mysore and Bangalore very soon.— Sudhanva P Joshi (@sudhanvapjoshi) October 31, 2020
That’s because of surface tension sir— Amma Pakoda (@ammapakoda) October 30, 2020
Beside inviting doubts and questions over the authenticity of the claim, the viral post was mostly hailed by netizens, who wished more of such similar developments in the coming days.